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Disco Biscuits Live at TranceMission on 2003-08-16


Topics Live concert


Set I: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, The Devil's Waltz, Sabre Dance, The Thieving Magpie, The Overture, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Waltz of the Flowers
Set II: (8/11>)Magellan Reprise, spacebirdmatingcall > Three Wishes > Big Happy > I Remember When > And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night > spacebirdmatingcall > Humuhumunukunukuapua'a > (8/15>)Reactor
Setbreak: DJ Mauricio
Set III: Crickets, Mindless Dribble(dub) > Triumph > Pilin' it High > Triumph > Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies, Morph jam > Basis for a Day > Run Like Hell
Encore: Frog Legs


Collection DiscoBiscuits
Band/Artist Disco Biscuits
Venue TranceMission
Location Trade, TN

Source Schoeps CMC64's > Lunatec V2 > DAP1
Lineage Sony DTC-670 > Audiophile 2496 > Wavelab 4.0 > CDWav > MKW > SHN
Taped by John Madigan
Transferred by Rich Steele

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Reviews

Reviewer: njpg - - December 3, 2013
Subject: -
I was surprised to see the DBs were the second most downloaded band on the archive, for though I've listened to them & found them occasionally brilliant, I hadn't really thought they were THAT good. Discovering their status on the archive made me want to give them another listen. While their singing is atrocious (or maybe it's those crappy vocal mics they use: c'mon, guys, invest!), they are among the world's best instrumentalists. I'm normally not at all a fan of trance/electronica stuff (I like listening, and at my age I look ridiculous dancing to this stuff; long rhythmic periods of instrumental minimalism are basically only good to listen to when I'm driving or at the gym), this band are a significant exception. With this show in particular, the classical stuff in the first set shows that they are capable of progressive performances to rival Jethro Tull, Yes, King Crimson & Marillion. I wish they would come out west & play the Crystal Ballroom.

DJ Mauricio: even THIS part is one I'll keep. I'm usually even less interested in this kind of stuff than I am in minimalist electro-bands like STS9, but DJM has very, very interesting grooves. The 2nd set of DB with him collaborating is absolutely brilliant.

This show will broaden ANYONE's horizons.
Reviewer: CEK - - August 16, 2013
Subject: Pilin -> Triumph
There are certain shows that are worth hearing for a single perfect jam, no matter what the rest of the show is like.

12/7/01s Sound 1-> Shimmy. 8/26/01 Spacebitd.
6/27/09 Story-> Pilin, 12/28/01 Spund 1> Jigsaw.
12/30/01 Triumph-> KOTW. 6/26/07 Songs Of Joy.
4/9/99 Basis intro. 9/13/99 Vassillios. 10/5/02 Astronaut.
10/18/02 -> Ape. 2/15/09 -> Spacebird.

The list goes on.

But if I ever wanted to argue that the Biscuits were better than Phish (and I wouldn't) one jam stands above the rest. One five minute slice of this magical weekend I was blessed enough to catch.

The last 5 minutes of this Pilin It High segue into Triumph.

Structurally, it's like a classic middle Dribble jam. With a gorgeous improvised theme and a terrifying composed theme being repeatedly switched while getting more and more intense.
In execution though, the way they swing from one theme to another and ratchet up the tension Is utterly mind boggling. When everything drops out but Barber playing the Triumph theme while Sammy drumrolls and they slam Into the song proper, it should tear your face off.

This jam is criminally under looked. I don't know if it's the glut of unique segues or the decent 45 minute Basis, or just the fact that the Pilin takes forever to start heading upwards and strike this magic moment. But it deserves to be mentioned among the greats at the very least. And in my opinion, right at the head of the list.

This is how you segue. This is how you peak.

I. WILL. GUT. YOU.
GIMME THE MONEY
Reviewer: BobSmokes - - July 12, 2012
Subject: Good Show!
Just found this show and it is definitely a treat to listen to a Biscuits take on the classical set.

Excellent recording, they are a hard band to capture live.
Reviewer: Treemaculate - - February 21, 2010
Subject: Trancemission. Is there anything else to say?
Sound is just perfect.

Everything in the first set is played very well, and the jam in Overture is actually very good. The first set is all "classical" songs, commonly referred to as the "Classical Set." This is a perfect set all-around.

Magellan Reprise - Set 2 begins with an absolutely beautiful version of Magellan Reprise, despite the band's best efforts to ruin it with moaning.

Spacebird > 3 Wishes > Big Happy > IRW > Ladies > Spacebird > Humu > Reactor - Whoa. SBMC actually has a good jam in it! Surprise, surprise! And it's very enjoyable. This sequence would have been so much better if it was Some cool triplet stuff from Sammy during the Spacebird peak which melds into 3 Wishes. It's worth noting here how cool these segues are. The end of 3 Wishes has some of Big Happy in it, which then seamlessly melds in IRW. The end of IRW has some Ladies intro stuff in it which melds into Ladies. I actually don't mind 3 Wishes or IRW, but I'd rather they just cut out the non-jammed out songs for this set (and probably, all sets). The jam out of Ladies gets into a sick trance groove from the get-go and never falls out of it. Very good Ladies peak which drops right into the final portion of Spacebird. In the background of the final portion of Spacebird, they're playing bits of Humu, and the song melds into Humu. The Humu jam starts out happy and light and within a couple minutes turns into a dance party in a minor key. Magner remains on the vibraphone patch for the first few minutes of the jam, and Barber/Brownstein are just locked into sick grooves. This leads into a great Reactor ending to end the 2nd set. Near-perfect set overall.

Crickets - Mauricio plays with the band on Crickets here, and adds some really cool effects to the song. The first jam is perfect. Layered drums and rhythmic effects from Mauricio and Sammy, great soundscaping from Magner with his pads, and Barber is choosing his notes wonderfully. Cool version of the peak at almost half the speed it's normally played. Sick electro 2nd jam. This whole Crickets is very, very good.

Dribble > Triumph > Pilin > Triumph > DotSF > Morph > Basis > RLH - 1st jam in Dribble is a nice dub jam with some interesting textural effects by Magner. There's not really a jam into Triumph so much as they just segue out of the Terrible Triplets from Dribble and just slowly place the Triumph beginning on top of them. The Triumph jam is rather directionless, but Magner plays some very psychedelic effects throughout a good portion of the jam. Pilin > Triumph is absolutely beautiful. Pure blissco all the way, and they build this one so perfectly. The end of Triumph has some MEMPHIS lyrics right before they drop into Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies, which is a great cover. There are so many creative things about this show, and the setlist is done so well. The drop out of Dance and into the Morph jam is really unique and perfectly executed. The Morph jam is pretty generic in general. And then: huge Basis intro. They start pretty focused from the gate, and the Sammy-Brownstein connection here is just awesome. This jam really showcases the band's communication well. They get into a fantastic jam and really do a great job building it. This turns into a devilish dance party before the Basis drop comes. This show just gets better and better. There's no middle jam in this Basis, and the composition ends at 17:28. Given that there's about 30 seconds of composition, and 2-3 minutes after they hit the Basis ending progression, this means that we're about to hit 20+ minutes of jam. The Basis 2nd jam is multi-thematic, pushes forward, pulls back, and has it all. Really, really well done jam, good peak, and then rather than the 2nd ending, they drop into a jam back into RLH. The jam back into RLH starts out slower than you'd imagine, and there's this airy feel to it until they begin building back up to head towards the ending. This jam is also very well done.

Frog Legs - Standard, but after a show like this, who really cares what they play for an encore and whether it has a jam or not?

This show is as good as 2003 Biscuits get, and is among their all-time best shows, in my opinion (assuming of course you count the 1st set as a part of the show). The 1st set is perfect except for a minor flub here and there from Barber (the only one I know for sure is in Sabre Dance). 2nd set is damn near perfect and it's really creative how they pull off the segues. In the 3rd set, the jam out of Triumph is a little too directionless for my tastes and Morph is pretty generic, but the rest of the set is absolutely fantastic, especially the Pilin > Triumph, and the enormous Basis. Get this show right now and listen to it over and over. If I could rate this show 6 stars, I would.
Reviewer: BiscoKid_LSD - - June 7, 2009
Subject: Rage
This show got so grimy. When they started to play the Sabre Dance was when the L was kicking in and I could not believe what I was hearing. Same thing with Hall of the Mountain King. They broke it down during Spacebirdmatingcall as well. I have never danced harder at a show in my life.
Reviewer: HooC - - August 3, 2007
Subject: Streamin and Dreamin
Been streaming this at work and I have a crink in my neck from bobbing my head all day....LOL Great bisco, Great sound!
Reviewer: Half A Sandwich - - March 10, 2007
Subject: Top Notch
A+...This show is the balls
Reviewer: M1ndlessDribble - - February 23, 2006
Subject: One of the best shows out there
GET THIS SHOW!

Sound quality= A+
Show= A+

YOU CAN'T GO WRONG! DEFINATELY get the previous night as well! Really!
Reviewer: KidKoala - - October 9, 2005
Subject: Amaaaazing!
This show is great. You really cant get better sound quality for an Aud. Thanks to the taper for doing an A+ job, and thanks to tDB for putting on an A+ show
Reviewer: schwain - - March 13, 2005
Subject: whoa
I am watching the race, and the announcer said "Transmission" right as I was clicking on "Trancemission"

The show was amazing. The Valley, wooden stage, and the vibe made a perfect weekend. It was great. Long live Bisco!!

Great sound. It's hard not to have a quality recording due to the sound system (huge), and wide open space.
Reviewer: ohkeepa11 - - November 14, 2004
Subject: ILL!!
Must get Bisco! Barber was siked ass shit for the classical! Philly heads
Reviewer: Captain_Kirk - - August 9, 2004
Subject: One of the best...
I can't tell you how many times I've listened to this show. Set 2 and 3 are perfect. Straight Bisco madness. The dub Dribble > Pilin' is just crazy. Set 1 is cool too, I've always wanted them to do a classical set. Definitely pick this up. The Basis alone is 40 minutes long.
Reviewer: spacebirdmatingcall - - May 5, 2004
Subject: SICK NASTY!!!
This show is off the charts! 5 discs of pure Bisco says it all. In fact I was surprised to see that the other night of Trance Mission was reviewed and this one wasn't. This show is off the hook, theres no other way to put it.

Set one they go all out and do a whole buncha instrumental songs including sick versions of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Sabre Dance, The Thieving Magpie, In The Hall Of The Mountain King, and Waltz of The Flowers.

Now set two is where it starts to really starts to get down n' dirty. They start it off with a perfectly chill Megellan Reprise. Then they kick it into gear with Spacebirdmatingcall > Three Wishes > The Big Happy > I Remember When > And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night > Spacebirdmatingcall > Humuhumunukunukuapua'a > Reactor. And that's just set two. Highlights from that set would be Spacebirdmatingcall, and The Big Happy > I Remember When > And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night > Spacebirdmating call. Sick Sick Sick.

Set three starts with a killer Crickets with DJ Mauricio that's 30 some odd min. long. Then comes a nasty Dribble > Triumph > Pilin' It High > Triumph > Sugarplum Fairies sandwich. Followed by an absolutely mind-melting Morph Jam > Basis For A Day > Run Like Hell. The Basis for a Day is fucking 45 some min. Crazy shit. Then a nice Frog Legs to close out the encore.

What a bomb show, even the last 15 min. from the DJ Mauricio filler was sick. Only way to describe a show like this, one of my personal all time favorite Biscuits' shows....SICK NASTY!!!
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